Can you tell us about some of the inspirations for the headpieces you’ve made, in terms of concept as well as techniques? Most of the hairpieces I make are based around monsters and aliens. I like how colourful they are, and the animalistic attributes – like horns, spikes and bones, extremes that illicit fear or alienate the monster from the general population. I think I set a kind of hair principle for myself – my general philosophy is to push the boundaries and create pieces that look extreme, but it needs to maintain the illusion of hair and feel cohesive with the person wearing the hair. There is a very fine line between tacky and brilliant, which is even more difficult to navigate when you start creating hair pieces that are very dramatic and extreme.
My techniques are mostly derived from set design and making, a lot of my hairpieces are filled with glue, with cardboard and tape structures underneath. I also use a lot of clips and hairspray. I’m not a hairstylist or a hairdresser, I have a great deal of respect for the profession, and I think they have to take a great deal of other things into consideration, like hair texture and comfort of the sitter, whereas for me, creating hairpieces is just set design for the head, and I can be a little bit of a maverick with my techniques.